Installing external hard drives for Xbox One and PlayStation 4

A close-up of the original Xbox One console.

At this point, extra storage for game consoles may be almost as critical on Christmas morning as fully charged AA batteries. With modern games taking up a ridiculous amount of space on your typical console it’s all too easy to fill up a 500 GB hard drive … and not realize it until Santa’s already deposited … Read more

Experimenting with Evernote alternatives

Sticky-note-like blocks of to do lists fill the screen.

Earlier in the summer Evernote limited their free service to only allow syncing between two devices. This severely hampered my Home Mac/Work Mac/iPad/iPhone workflow, and led me to try some other services: Google Keep and SimpleNote. I don’t begrudge Evernote their decision; I was the sort of user who was costing them money without providing … Read more

Debugging the Xbox One Spontaneous Shutoff

My family’s big Christmas present this year was an Xbox One. The kids and I are loving it — I’m battling my way through the Halo: Master Chiefedition, and the kids are questing for the Lonely Mountain in LEGO: The Hobbit. Unfortunately while Halo looks great and the voice controls are very 21st century, the damn thing unexpectedly turns … Read more

Write – A Markdown App for Mac

A screenshot of Write, a Markdown app. It features a right-hand nav bar containing document folders, a pane listing recent documents, and and editing window.

About a year ago I became a Markdown convert. It’s a simple markup language that’s meant to make web documents readable and scannable. It’s plaintext with a few niceties added in, and I’ve been using it to write most of my work notes and Nuketown articles since Fall 2014.

Geeky Lorem Ipsum Text

A collection of Dr. Who heads, each of which can be used to create geeky lorem ipsum text.

After 11 days of writing, and a ridiculously long and difficulty week, I was sorely tempted to make a blog post that was nothing but geeky lorem ipsum text.

And then I thought … hey, I could do a blog post about lorem ipsum text. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, lorem ipsum is Latin text used by designers, web developers, and others when they want people to focus on the layout of a page rather than on the contents of the page.

Nuketown SF on Facebook

Nuketown now has a Facebook page: The goal of this page is two-fold: promote Nuketown, and figure out how to use Facebook pages. As I discussed previously, although I’ve been using social media for years and have 975 followers on my NukeHavoc account, Nuketown was sadly unrepresented.

This created problems with my day job as the goal becomes marketing the college via social media, rather than networking as an individual. I don’t have a lot of experience with tracking social media analytics or setting up a write-once, publish-multiple times mechanic. Getting this setup — first one Twitter, now on Facebook — is an essential part of the redesign.

The Mysteries of Internet Explorer 9’s Compatibility Modes

It’s amazing what a little free time can do. Back in Autumn 2011 I worked hard to come up with wireframes, design comps, and an HTML build out of the new Nuketown. It was built on HTML5 and CSS3 and it was all going swimmingly … until I looked at it in Internet Explorer 9.

The entire design fell apart. IE9, which I thought had better standards support than its predecessors, simply didn’t understand HTML5 elements like “nav” or “figure”. It refused to style them, and without the formatting, the design collapsed. About the same time work got nuts, and most of my free time was devoured by work projects. I probably could have pressed ahead with Nuketown, but truth be told I just didn’t have the energy to fight the good fight.

Flashforward a few months. My big projects are complete, and I finally found some time to figure out what the hell was going so wrong with IE9. An hour of searching and experimentation revealed the answer: IE9 mode.

You see, Internet Explorer has a long history of “modes” — ways of operating that supported (or broke) certain standards. It was quirky to say the least, and I’d forgotten about it. By default, Internet Explorer 9 operates in compatibility mode, which apparently means it tries to display everything as a sucky old browser would, while choking on the latest HTML5 standards.